Melvin Mora Intends To Play In 2012

January 11th: Mora has not retired and he intends to play in 2012, agent Eric Goldschmidt told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

December 29th: Utilityman Melvin Mora has announced his retirement, reports Rafael Rojas Cremonesi of Meridiano Deportes (via Twitter).  The 39-year-old Mora was released by the Diamondbacks in June and had hoped to play for the Orioles or another east coast team in 2012, but instead has hung up the cleats after 13 Major League seasons.

Mora signed an amateur contract with the Astros in 1991 and finally reached the Majors in 1999 as a New York Met.  He made an immediate impression in his rookie year, posting a 1.143 OPS in 16 plate appearances in the 1999 NLCS as the Mets lost in six games to the Braves. 

After being dealt to the Orioles in July 2000 as part of a four-player package for Mike Bordick, Mora became a Baltimore fixture for much of the decade.  Mora was a two-time All-Star for the O's, hitting .294/.366/.469 between 2003-08 (including a league-best .419 OBP in 2004) and settling in as the Orioles' third baseman in 2004 after playing all over the diamond in his first four seasons with the team.  The O's declined his contract option after the 2009 campaign and Mora went on to play a season each with the Rockies and D'backs.

Mora retires with 1503 hits, 171 homers, and a .277/.350/.431 slash line in 1556 Major League games. According to Baseball Reference, Mora made just under $40.5MM during his career.


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24 Comments on "Melvin Mora Intends To Play In 2012"


Taylor Haberle
3 years 7 months ago

Just call him Brett Mora, or Melvin Farve. 

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

That wouldn’t be fair to Melvin, he has never sent any inappropriate photos (that we know of). We can call him Melvin Testaverde or Vinny Mora perhaps, but those also sound equally as awful or unfunny as Brett Mora or Melvin Favre…

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

*Favre.

Learn his name.

3 years 7 months ago

[Insert Brett Favre joke]

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

[Insert wrong spelling of Brett Favre]

3 years 7 months ago

[Presses edit and fixes mistake and wishes that Favre had a last name that sounded like it was spelled]

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t sweat it, Topps couldn’t even spell it correctly…

stewie75
3 years 7 months ago

so which way do you think it went,

a) premature reporting and a crappy agent who wasn’t paying attn.
b) he didn’t want to retire, but didn’t get any offers, so he just retired, then came back when an offer arose.
c) wanted to retire, but the allure of one more year pulled him back in.

progmatinee
3 years 7 months ago

d) surprise paternity suit

3 years 7 months ago

Melvin Mora said  he was retiring. He did it  in venezuelan television before the last game of the regular season with tears in his eye.

tapehead4
3 years 7 months ago

Venezuelan television doesn’t count. He might as well have announced it on Wonkavision.

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Many teams are looking for INF depth . But who is gonna take a chance on him ?

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

not us hopefully

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I think he is even too old to play for Chinese Taipei.

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

Stories like this make me not want to comment on MLBTR anymore.

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve decided to resume making comments on MLBTR

rayking
3 years 7 months ago

Well played.

3 years 7 months ago

30+, best days clearly in the rearview, and most of all….Latin!!!

Rube Amaro is dialing Mora’s agent as we speak with a two….no THREE year deal.

the_hasselhoff
3 years 7 months ago

He can intend on playing all he wants, the question is who wants him?

chrisn313
3 years 7 months ago

My softball team. Think he can pitch?

Just kidding I was a big fan of his

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

cue the “cue the ________ jokes” jokes

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Who other than Omar Min, oh wait. Well there’s always Bill Smi, nope, not him either. I guess there’s only one more place for him to go.

Welcome to Chicago, Mr. Mora!

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

This is the best terrible joke I’ve seen in a long time. 

Michael Yu
3 years 7 months ago

Actually, the Padres may be looking for a 3B this offseason…

Minaya is working for the Padres…

smh.
Crossing fingers.